every new beginning.

I'm sure the second you see the quote below you'll sing the song. This weekend, the song Closing Time came to mind as I put more thought into my hopes for 2013. I may seem counterintuitive that a seemingly depressing song is what popped in my head for the start of a new year, but hear me out...


The reality is that much of what I am working on this year revolves around changing old habits. In my blog life, it started with my #getreal2013 post last Thursday. In my "physical" life, it started with a re-dedication to gym time and a commitment to really trying to step outside of my food comfort zone. In my "intellectual" life, it started with the decision to really read more. In my personal life, it started with an honest investment in my friends and family--and the choice to show how much I care.

These may all seem simple, but I'll make the cliché statement about it being easier said than done. The truth is that I'm an OCD blogger, a tremendously picky eater, a "I have too much else to do than read"-er, and a continual over-committer. This year, I'll make the step toward new beginnings and watch those old "beginnings" fade away. I'm praying {cv}, along with my friends, family, and all of you, notice these happy changes :) What new beginning are you seriously committing to in 2013? xoxo {av}

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14 comments:

  1. Yes! Have I told you lately that I love the honesty coming through in your posts? I can't wait for your 2013.

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  2. Love this song! But I definitely agree with you Alison. I'm committing to being the best I can be in my career and maybe trying to move up to another position that would be a better fit, wanting to run a half marathon, and definitely spending as much time with friends and family. Being fully present in all of them, of course!

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  3. I'm a lot more serious about running this year! I picked it up in October of last year, but I want to become more dedicated to it.
    xo, Maria

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  4. I want to get back into working out this year. I was so into my couch to 5k app this time last year (got up early and everything) and I'm going to go through it again. I am also a SUPER picky eater and recently found out that broccoli is delicious. I'm trying to eat and try more things this year.

    Alissa
    FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

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  5. These sound like amazing ways to make changes this year! You've totally got this. And I'm getting really serious about cross training lately. I've let it slide in the first part of marathon training, but I definitely need to get that going and KEEP it going!

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  6. I'm definitely pulling WAY back on sugar and I need to start working out but it's just incredibly inconvenient here.

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  7. Closing Time is such a great song and yes It's definitely appropriate for the new year. I just have big goals like graduate with my MA and buy a house everything else is the same eat well and exercise...although I also want to start actually takign care of my skin more...you know lotion more often

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  8. You're so right...I couldn't HELP but start singing Closing Time (such a good jam haha). I have a few big goals for 2013, but most of them are smallish and just involve leading a happy and healthy life.

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  9. Definitely started singing closing time. This year, I'm recommitting to being HAPPY. Making decisions that make me happy, ultimately, and doing things that I love instead of what I think I'm supposed to do.

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  10. 2013 is all about taking risks for me. I over analyze everything and find myself so emotionally involved in stupid stuff. This year I'm jumping in with both feet and my head held high!
    (the song immediately made me think of that movie "Friends with Benefits" by the way!)

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  11. I LOVE this song. When I was in third grade, I quoted it in my portfolio, and my teacher called my mom to talk about "appropriate music" haha. (I had quoted the part about "finish your whiskey and beer"). Oops!

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  12. Great post, this year is about making me the priority. I also would like to stop working so much and have a life for myself. I think if we put our minds to it, we can do it!!

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  13. love the quote, love the resolutions! i want to read more too, and use my time more wisely so that i have room to do so!

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  14. I think your goals are great! And I'm so surprised to learn that you're a picky eater. Since my one major goal for the new year is just to be, I still need to flesh out the details of what that really means. But I overcommit to things as well, and under-commit to the really important things, like taking time for myself. I can't wait to see what comes of 2013 for you!

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